Posted on: July 19, 2009 12:52 pm
Well things are starting to improve and i can only hope this leads to a better second half. I know that they are only playing the Nationals which is basicly a bad minor league team but all the same, with the way the Cubs have struggled on the road this is a good sign winning 3 straight coming off the all star break. Lets recap the past three games.
The highlight of that game for me was the Harden looked like his old self pitching 7 effective innings and striking out 7 to improve to 6-6 on the year. Derek Lee also homered in that game to add to his total of 18 HR.
The highlights of this game were clutch hits and Z getting out of trouble, he only lasted 5 innings and didnt realy have any stuff but managed to hold them to 1 run. He also had a two run double and A-ram hit a solo shot his first homer since coming off the DL.
The highlight of this game was Soriano's HR, hopefully this will break him out of his month long slump. Randy didnt pitch that great but the offense bailed him out to get the win, and Kevin Gregg pitched effectivly again.
The Cubs are now tied for second with the Brewers and only 2 games out of first. There has been significant improvment in several areas that are contributing to there little surge. Clutch hitting has been the major factor, this seasons biggest struggle has been runners in scoring position. They have not been able to get those timley hits that came frequntly last season. The past few games it has improved. The Bullpen has also been more effective, Kevin Gregg struggled early on this year but has finally settled down and become an above average closer. Heilman is still crappy but Marmol is showing signs of better control and Angel Guzman has been pretty good. With these factors being added to the great starting pitching it should be a better first half.
Posted on: June 18, 2009 7:16 pm
I havnt posted for a while because i was tired of posting negative things all the time. The Cubs have been very frustrating but today was a nice feeling victory. After watching them through the first 7 innings i was thinking here we go again. But Lee, and Soto's home runs had me on my feet and then Sorianos game winning rbi single had me jumping up and down along with every other cubs fan in the country. I have noticed that Soto has taken some better swings this past month, and Milton Bradley's average has climbed to over .240 and Derek's hitting streak is at 14 or 15 games. So hopefully this was a sign of things to come. I have been hearing rumors of the Cubs signing Pedro Martinez and a lot of people arnt for it because we are struggling on offense not pitching, but i actualy think it would be a good move. The objective of signing him would not be for him to put up amazing numbers but maybe to make room for pitchers to be traded, Randy Wells could be trade bait. He would also provide a good clube house presence as a veteran player and might be able to put this team back together and the rest of the staff could learn things from him. Anyways im going to the Reds v.s White Sox game tommorow at Great American Ballpark and i wont be able to post till late tommorow night so see you then.
Posted on: June 10, 2009 11:17 am
So far this season the Cubs are 6-2 against the Astros while only being 2 games over .500 against the entire division. They really have the stros number right now. Last night Ted Lilly got his 6th straight win against the Astros shutting them down in 6 2/3 innings. It was also nice to see the offense come out last night. Everbody was hitting except for Theriot, and Bradley. Fontenot went 4-5 with a homer, Derek lee went 2-3 with 3 walks, Soto went 3-4. Even Andres Blanco had a double and i think he had a single to. They were on a role last night and they improved to 29-26 and are only 2 1/2 games out of first and tied for second with the Cards and Reds. Hopefully they can continue to gain ground on the Brewers. Zambrano and Dempster will finish up this series. Zambrano ptiches tonight against Wandy Rodriquez who had been hot until everyone figured out how to hit against him. Hopefully Zambrano will pitch like he did in his last start and the offense can continue it's recent success.
Posted on: June 3, 2009 10:38 pm
Good to see the Cubs pull this one off. Lilly turned in another solid performance, he is really showing that he is the most consistent starter on this team. The bullpen hung on in extras to secure the win, and Gregg didnt look half bad. Another side note Derek Lee (my favorite player) went 2-3 with a walk to raise his average to .262. He has started to pick it up recently but you had to believe he would he has been a very consistent player over his career. See ya tommorow.